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SEISMIC RETROFITTING

OF CONCRETE MEMBERS
WITH FRP COMPOSITES
What is seismic retrofitting?
Seismic retrofitting is a process to modify or upgrade existing
structures to make them resistant to earthquakes. Structural
engineers now give special attention to the ability of a structure
to withstand ground motion, seismic activity, and soil failure.
A number of concrete structures benefit from seismic


retrofit. Following the modern construction technology,
it has become a necessity to build concrete infrastructure
that can withstand natural calamities.
REASONS TO SEISMIC RETROFIT

To ensure the Marketability of Infrastructure


safety of building’s buildings improved as resistant to natural
employees, and the seismic retrofit ensure disasters save
durability of security governments billions
a building of dollars
FRP COMPOSITES AND REHABILITATION

Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) Their strength, toughness, and


composites are advanced and ease of installation indicate that
relatively modern construction they can alter the load
materials that offer unique deformation response
characteristics such as superior considerably for the better.
corrosion-resistance, high GFRP construction materials are
strength, lightweight, the best example of how FRP can
electromagnetic neutrality, and improve the overall condition of
long service life. exiting concrete members.
FRP COMPOSITES AND REHABILITATION

FRP materials include two main The performance and integrity of


components: fiber reinforcement the fiber, the polymer resin
and a polymer resin matrix. matrix, and the concrete when
Other components are fillers used encased by the fiber need to be
to enhance water resistance, evaluated for the range of long-
weathering, dimensional stability. term environmental conditions
Additives are used to modify likely to be encountered in
material properties. practice.
FRP COMPOSITES AND REHABILITATION

FRPs are used for seismic strengthening of reinforced concrete structures


when conventional strengthening techniques and materials fail to be a
practical solution. Composite materials completely outclass conventional me
trials when its comes to rehabilitation and building corrosion-free and
durable concrete members.
WHY FRP COMPOSITES?

High tensile strength

¼ the weight of steel

Ease of installation

Corrosion free

Zero maintenance

Variety of rehabilitation
applications
FABRICATION

For seismic retrofitting, it is essential that the FRP material is tight against
the structure. A common FRP strengthening methods used for shear
enhancement or inadequate length lap splice enhancement are passive
methods. The concrete must start to crack up and dilate before the composite
can take over. Success in the previous projects and emergence of new design
codes encourage structural engineers to use FRP composites as a perfect
alternative to traditional materials such as steel.
ECONOMICS

FRP composites, taking into account the long-term benefits and


advantages, are cost-effective rehabilitation solutions. In seismic
retrofit, FRP jackets are cost-effective alternative to steel-plate and
concrete jackets. Concrete members reinforced with FRP are almost
maintenance free.
ABOUT TUF-BAR
TUF-BAR has developed into a leading
manufacturer of GFRP bars and accessories in
North America. The company produces the
highest-quality GFRP construction and
rehabilitation materials for a wide number of
applications including bridges, dams, highways,
water facilities, buildings, etc.
CONTACT INFO

1.888.99.REBAR info@tuf-bar.com www.tuf-bar.com